Wednesday, October 27, 2010

WNW: People Who Became Nouns

I love learning the history behind words.

(Okay, duh. I could have pointed out something else equally obvious to my reader. Hmm. I like chocolate. Yeah, that'll do.)

Life magazine recently ran a piece online that I found utterly fascinating: How the names of people from history morphed into nouns and adjectives we use today.

I knew many of them (sideburns, gerrymandering, Heimlich, guy).

Others were totally obvious once they were pointed out, sort of a head-smacking "Of course!" moment (Colt, ottoman, Kalashnikov, Bunson).

And some were fascinating news to me (pompadour, Ferrari, fuchsia, jacuzzi, kelvin).

Check out the complete list with pictures and explanations HERE.

Tip: It works better if you click on the next picture from the menu below rather than on the NEXT arrow.


The Chocolate Dessert Cafe
212 South State, Orem
4:00-7:00 pm

-Giveaways & prizes
-Free Companion DVD to the first 5 people
-Free samples
-Free cupcake with each book purchase
-Get your book signed!

Please come!


Kristina P. said...

Well, we have a new one. "Salahied." It means to party crash. I saw that on The Real Hosewives of DC, when they were talking to the woman who crashed the White House State Dinner.

I feel so smart now!

L.T. Elliot said...

I liked all of the funny wrap-ups at the end of each "person." The Maverick one is kind of ironic, I think. ;)

Susan Anderson said...

Good luck with the book launch!


TisforTonya said...

I'm off to check out the list - although a quick browse shows me that "grinch" and "scrooge" aren't on there... perhaps those were nouns before they were names? or, more likely, maybe fictional names don't count :)

Enjoy your book launch - you DO get to each chocolate while signing right? While that doesn't appeal to me I still think it would be most appropriate even if you did accidentally shmear a little dab of cocoa on a copy now and then :)

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